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West Nile Virus vaccine in development

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Researchers are working on a vaccination that could protect humans from the West Nile Virus, and early tests of the vaccine look promising.

Inside the labs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center researchers are able to isolate strains of the west Nile virus and can then use a chemical which inactivates the virus basically rendering it harmless.

"We know that we can do it and we know through lab models that it can actually protect against infection," says Dr. James Papin one of the researchers involved in the experiments.

Researchers are now in the process of developing the actual vaccine which would then be followed by years of testing before it hits the market.

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